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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument spans nearly 1.9 million acres of America’s public lands. From its spectacular Grand Staircase of cliffs and terraces, across the rugged Kaiparowits Plateau, to the wonders of the Escalante River Canyons, the Monument’s size, resources, and remote character provide extraordinary opportunities for geologists, paleontologists, archeologists, historians, and biologists in scientific research, education, and exploration.

Short, but very cool terrain. When you get to the Toadstools, it looks like you're on Mars.

Awesome. I would rate it as beginner. Easily hiked by all age levels. Waterfall is amazing.

1 month ago

Gorgeous waterfall! Loved walking in the water, so refreshing ! Very straightforward trail.

1 month ago

Nice stroll along the river, a few semi-deep river crossings so wear sandals or water shoes and shorts! No difficulty whatsoever but pleasant + nice bridge. Our intro hike to Escalante!

Nice trail with informative markers along the way; trail did get boring to me at times. The waterfall is well worth the wait to get there. I went in early October so the water was cold but the falls were beautiful none the less.

We drove down the night before so we could camp nearby (the first-come-first-serve campsite near the trailhead was full so we found a free primitive site 15 min. north). We got to the trailhead at 9am and got the last parking spot. The trail was beautiful and shaded half the time. The falls were very cool and refreshing! When we got back the parking lot and all along the road was jam packed for free Public Lands day. Normally there is a $5 day use fee and camping is $15/day. Dog friendly although we didn't have dogs I ended up carrying out pet waste. Please "pack it in, pack it out" and Leave No Trace, thanks!

2 months ago

me and my husband loved this hike! especially since the dogs got to enjoy it with us :) definitely worth going to if you are in the area!

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3 months ago

I drove 5 hours just to see this waterfall. Well worth it!!! I didn't want to leave

Very cool to see a Water fall in the middle of a desert type area, that alone makes this hike worth it. Hike isn't overly tough, but for for some reason it does feel like 6 miles, not sure if it was the heat on the way back or what, You do seem to always be going up or down a small hill, definitely a rolling terrain,Should be done at least once. Go early if you are doing it for a photo op, gets busy later in the day, you wont get a shot without people in it

Not really a Hike, more of a walk, on a paved path, until you get closer to the arch, then you can go any which way you want, Hardest part about this is the drive, but even that isn't horrible, make for a decent photo op!

Easy trail, follows a wash for most of the hike, a little scrambling to get out of wash in a few points, to get to some unique rock formations, can be hot in summer bring water

Favorite place on earth. Been here more times then I can count and will be there again.

I loved this hike, even though I found it to be a little more difficult than the designated "easy" thanks to the heat. I'm a decent hiker, but not from the desert. If you're not used to the heat, make sure you carry plenty of water (of course) and be aware that there isn't much shade until you are down far enough for the canyon walls to block the sun. It is beautiful. The waterfall and swimming hole are incredible, though — take a dip and you won't be hot on the trek back.

It's southern Utah, so it's all good. Bring a bathing suit.

The thick sand and the heat (mid-June) were tough but the reward was more than worth it!

Went on the edge of the offseason (late April) and crowds weren't bad at all, but did get some rain. This hike has a lot to see along the way (pictographs, sheer rock faces), and with pretty much no elevation gain, the mileage goes FAST. And the payoff – the falls – is definitely worth it. They seemed larger in real life than they even looked in pictures.